Fonds 10-017 - Myrna Wood fonds

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Myrna Wood fonds

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CA ON0034 10-017

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  • 1965-2007 (Creation)
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    Wood, Myrna

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23.3 cm of textual records
1 t-shirt
1 small banner
3 buttons
2 pins

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(1936-)

Biographical history

Myrna Wood is an American Second wave feminist. She was born in Grundy County, Iowa, USA, the youngest child of family of 8. Her parents were Rolly and Fern Crouse Aiken. In 1966-1967 she was a member of a group of women in Toronto who started consciousness-raising meetings. She was one of the four authors of "Sisters, Brothers, Lovers... listen" for the final conference of SUPA (Student Union for Peace Action on Labor Day weekend 1967 in Goderich. During the next 2-3 years she lived and worked with Toronto Women's Liberation in Montreal, with the radical student movement at McGill and the other Women's Liberation groups. In New York City she helped to organize a city-wide Women's Liberation group (including women from Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Leviathan collective, etc.). In New York, during 1969, she co-wrote "Bread and Roses" with Kathy McAfee calling for a movement to organize working-class women. She also travelled to a peace movement meeting with the Vietnamese National Liberation Front in Cuba. This trip occurred at the time of the Weatherman takeover of the SDS Executive and during their planning of the Days of Rage at the Democratic Party Convention in Chicago. After the 1970 War Measures Act she lived in Hamilton for 20 years and was active in her CUPE Local and the Hamilton Union Movement. She continues to be active in local community groups in Picton, Ontario.

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Donated in 1994 and 2007.

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This fonds contains documents related to Myrna Wood's activities within women unions in Ontario, especially in Hamilton. It documents her interest in subjects like occupation health and security, women's issues at work, and abortion rights and consists of records relating to her activities in Toronto, Montreal and New York. It includes the essay she co-wrote "Sisters, Brothers, Lovers... listen" for the final conference of SUPA (Student Union for Peace Action) in 1967. It also contains the essay "Bread and Roses" written with Kathy McAfee calling for a movement to organize working-class women. This fonds highlights Myrna Wood's participation in peace movement meetings with the Vietnamese National Liberation Front in Cuba and gives insight into her involvement in the women liberation movement at the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q102257410

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CA

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ON0034

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Final

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Revised in April 2017

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  • English

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  • Latin

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